At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Taking a global perspective, the work deals with all belligerents and relates events in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific to each other. U-236 is not used to produce the fissile U-235. I found the most interesting aspect of the book to be its careful analysis of the periphery combatants including Finland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, etc. Living up to the title, Weinberg spends a considerable amount of time looking at various theaters and not just the European and Pacific theaters.
Weinberg recounted some of his childhood memories and experiences in a two-hour long oral history interview for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. There are several things which are really excellent about this book. Nonetheless, the work deserves credit for being a well researched and concise history of a war which truly spanned the globe and deserves to be understood in that context. Details of the treaty of Versailles that ended World War I and the Munich agreement were some of the topics which I felt should have been covered better. It's a book that's meant to be digested slowly anyway. Weinberg has been a fellow of the , a professor at the , a , and a Shapiro Senior Scholar in Residence at the among many other such honors. The author has no ax to grind, no agenda to forward.
The war in Europe and North Africa 1942-1943: to and from Stalingrad; to and from Tunis; 9. The author certainly has strong opinions on some subjects like the British and German general officers and doesn't shrink from expressing those opinions but it would be impossible for any historian to remain totally objective in a book this size. Weinberg is strongest in his coverage of the European campaigns although he presents a good overview of how the European, Pacific, South Asian and Near Eastern campaigns interacted especially during the crucial period from May of 1942 through July of 1943. The role of diplomacy and strategy, of intelligence and espionage, and the impact of war upon society are all dealt with, often on the basis of hitherto unknown material. A minor quibble, the work could have profited by being read by weapons subject matter experts.
The focus of the work, however, is on the war's human factors. Taking this book with you on a beach vacation is probably a terrible idea, since you need constant access to online maps. More of the book deals with political aspects and the thought processes that went into many decisions. That said, I remain convinced by the author's take on it, and see no immediate reason to look elsewhere. Weinberg's attention then turned to the Second World War. Raack's Stalin's Drive to the West. A major theme of Weinberg's work about the origins of the Second World War has been a revised picture of and the.
If you try to read this book in a disinterested moment, you might get lost if the outline was not scrawled across a blackboard somewhere. Rich in content and sharply interpretive, Weinberg's book is a stunning achievement. In Weinberg's view, July 1941 was the more probable date. By the end of July, 1943 the Anglo-American allies and the Soviets would begin to exert simultaneous pressure on Germany so that any attempt by that power to defeat its enemies would be lost. Moreover, they are few in number, difficult to read, and lacking in detail. It's hard enough to pull it all together and make a narrative out of it.
Do not fear its size, only is erudition, and the excellent connections it makes between diverse theaters. New York: Enigma Books, 2007,. There are a few minor mistakes but they don't detract from the reading, at least not to me. He also shows the impact of the intelligence activities on the battles, and offers scathing opinions of the impact of intelligence failures. Why were Japan and Russia neutral towards each other until the War's closing days? It also was all over the place chronologically. Previously he served on the faculties of the 1959—1974 and the 1957—1959. It is a masterly study which is unlikely to be surpassed.
The Washington Post Weinbergs book is a clearly-written account of events, with enormous reliable encyclopaedic summaries of anything about which you need to know. This book is well-written and gives tremendous detail. New York: Enigma Books, 2010. As a librarian I appreciated his call for the preservation of the original source materials before they are lost to future scholars due to the ravages of time. More of the book deals with political aspects and the thought processes that went into many decisions. The ten-page preface to the new edition, essentially a review of the literature since the work first appeared in 1994, is, however, full of interest, not so much for the very brief summaries of the work of others as for Weinberg's robust views.
The author has no ax to grind, no agenda to forward. It was very difficult to find a book that compares to this one. In a new edition, with a new preface, A World at Arms remains a classic of global history. It is challenging to comprehensively narrate such a broad scope in less than 1,000 pages, and so at times Weinberg's coverage of certain developments appears cursory at best. Its a special way to end the year 2015 as I complete this great book. The assault on Germany from all sides; 13. Weinberg sarcastically commented that if the German Army had held out longer against the Red Army in 1945 as Hillgruber had wished, the result would not have been the saving of more German lives as Hillgruber had claimed, but rather an American of Germany.
Weinberg has produced a monumental work which concentrates mainly on the high diplomatic and strategic aspects of the war. Review of Der Erzwungene Krieg, from The American Historical Review, Volume 68, No. The book is heavily footnoted, and well researched. Honestly I wasn't sure if I wanted to even try reading it, but the pages flowed freely and the details came out without becoming too confusing. It is an ambitious endeavor, which covers up its very few warts with a deep and inte A World At Arms is a masterful scholarly work. It certainly deserves to be placed alongside the war histories of John Keegan, Martin Gilbert and A. It is, however, not the only book one must read to appreciate the full scope of the conflict, its causes, effects, and conduct.